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Step 3. Owner builder’s course and registration.

Prior to conducting any construction works, you will need to get your owner builder’s licence and register with the Builders Registration Board. Generally the Owner Builder course takes about 15 hours, but this can be accomplished in a quicker time by correspondence and generally costs under $300. Here is a list of education institutions that has been providing courses for owner builders for many years. Courses have been created to cover the requirements of the individual's state or territory.

Owner Builder Courses

Following are some examples of how clients are supported by the education institutions:


In respect to the state and local regulations which are relevant to the property and the proposed construction through the mandatory QBSA nationally accredited course.


Courseware and support packages provided the Owner Builder with the information, knowledge and tools to successfully manage and coordinate their construction project.

Generally states and territories now require the Owner Builder to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of Owner Builder obligations that relate to the exercising the privileges of a building permit.

Example: For Queensland this is achieved through the satisfactory completion of the Course in Preparation for Owner Builder Permit 30945-QLD.

This course is nationally accredited and can only be offered by Registered Training Organisations who must operate under the strict guidelines of the 12 Standards for RTO’s as specified in the Australian Quality Training Framework.

Every course is developed and delivered as a nationally accredited unit of competency, and successful completion leads to the award of a Statement of Attainment issued under the Australian Quality Training Framework.

This Statement of Attainment can be used as “evidence” in your portfolio and must be attached to your application for an Owner Builder Permit.

Your own knowledge and skills will often determine how much additional support you will need, if any.

You can choose the method in which best suits your particular situation:

  1. Classroom
  2. Hard Copy Correspondence
  3. On Line option

All the courses cover the following:

  1. Main responsibilities of being an owner builder
  2. Finance Control and Progress Control
  3. Legal responsibilities
  4. On and off site administration
  5. Insurance and financing

State specific sourse includes information on:

  1. Having an understanding of your obligations as an owner builder
  2. State Building Services Act and your responsibilities
  3. Insurance
  4. OH & S ( Occupational Health and Safety

Other information the course contains are tendering, record keeping, the administration regarding contracts, scheduling of construction and your obligations with regards to workplace health & safety.

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Can I modify the standard plans or provide my own design?

Yes. All standard plans can be modified to suit your needs. You can change the number of rooms, increase or decrease the size of the house or if you prefer, you can bring your own plans for costing. more »

What is included in the kit?

A full inclusions list can be found here. In general however, the kit includes all materials required for lockup but does not include on-site labour, transport and delivery charges, site survey, site clearing, PC items, concrete for footings, Electrical and plumbing etc. more »

Where do you deliver to?

Delivery areas include all Australian states and territories. Arrangements can also be made for international deliveries excluding some countries. more »

In general how much could I expect to save if I decide to build a kit home as an owner builder?

As an owner builder/manager you are effectively cutting out the builder and therefore should make a saving of 20% to 30%. If you choose to be more hands on and undertake some of the manual tasks such as erecting the walls and roof trusses, installing windows, doors and painting the internal and externals etc, your savings will be increased further. more »

Is it hard to become an owner builder?

The process to obtain an owner builders permit is usually very straight forward. There are a few requirements and depending on which state you are building in, may also require you to undergo a short course (usually a weekend course), either online or at a training school. In most states a small application fee is payable. Click here for more owner builder information. more »

Are kit homes suitable for areas prone to cyclones?

Yes. Cyclonic kits can be purchased at an additional cost. These kits are manufactured with extra reinforcements that will make then suitable for areas prone to cyclones. All standard kits can be upgraded to cyclonic kits. All standard kits can be manufactured to meet with the cyclonic rating required for your area. more »

What is the turnaround time, from ordering the kit to onsite delivery?

This is determined by the size of the home. Generally we can have the kit on site within three to five weeks from time of ordering. more »

How will my kit home be delivered?

The entire kit can be delivered to your site in a shipping container, or part container and part by truck. Delivery can also be made in stages upon request. It is up to you what is more suited to your build plan. more »

How long does it take to build a kit home?

This depends upon the amount of labour and skill level. As a guide, a non-skilled owner builder can erect frames and roof trusses for an average size home in two to three days then the remainder of the build is similar to that of normal build times. A smaller kit can be built to lock up within a month. Larger, more complex homes will take longer. You should allow ten to twelve weeks on site for an average home. more »

Does the kit home come with warranty?

The steel frame is Backed by a 50 year BlueScope Steel warranty and all other components of the build have their individual manufacturers warranties. more »